Melted Brie with Vegetables

This recipe comes to us from the Vegetarian Cookbook by Readers Digest

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F  (200 degrees C)

Cooked Ingredients:

a handful of Green Beans. (or 4 ounces if you prefer) all sliced in half. Blanch them for two minutes in boiling water then remove from water and refresh them under cold running water.
Now into the same pot of boiling water add 2 pounds of wedge cut potatoes. Boil only for three minutes. Reds taste best. After 3 minutes have passed, drain the potatoes, and toss them in a bowl containing the spice mixture. Leave out the sesame seeds till later.

Spice mix for Potatoes:

Virgin Olive Oil 1 & 1/2 Tablespoons
Paprika 1 teaspoon
Coarse Sea Salt 1 teaspoon
coarsely crushed black peppercorns to taste

also for the potatoes but to be added 15 minutes into the baking process:

2 tablespoons raw or toasted sesame seeds

After coating the wedges arrange them in a baking pan and bake for 15 minutes. After this time passes, sprinkle the sesame seeds onto the potatoes and continue baking for 20 or 30 minutes. Check them and turn them every so often.

While the potatoes bake, make and mix up the salad. You will need:

1 small lettuce head torn into small pieces
1 red Onion thinly sliced
1/2 cucumber chopped into chunks (I used a whole one)
8 ounces baby tomatoes halved
juice of one lemon
salt and pepper to taste
and the blanched sliced green beans

The dressing:

8 ounces Brie, rind removed, cut into small cubes into pan. add,
4 Tablespoons of milk (I added some additional cream in too) and,
1 Tablespoon finely chopped FRESH Tarragon. and
black pepper to taste

Melt this all up. If you wish to get creative, add in some sautéed onion to the cheese. But that’s not in the book. Neither is adding Worcesteshire sauce or Old Bay Seasoning to the potato mix. But its all good.

Time to criticize the cookbook

The recipe book does not explain where to add the melted cheese. Onto the salad? Onto the Potatoes? Or both? I looked closely at the photo but that provided no clue either. My final verdict? Add the Melted brie cheese to the salad, then MIX it in.

Unfortunately, I will not show you a picture of  my finished product. My first attempt was to pour the Brie over Both food items. Before pouring that Brie, my meal was ripe for the perfect photo all neatly arranged in a perfect photogenic display pot. AFTER the Brie, all I can say is, the photo would be very unappetizing and maybe obscene.

For lack of another word, may I say… splurge?

Hence, Mix it in to the greens, don’t do as I did and dump it over everything.

Taste-wise? fantastic!

And now for a video link which nobody will ever click on. (hint,hint) Another Alexander Ryback song. This time about a stalker. It’s quite funny, and he looks cute in a chefs hat.

2 thoughts on “Melted Brie with Vegetables

  1. I applaud your critical comments on the cookbook.

    Although I can appreciate a well cooked meal as much as anyone else, I don’t have much of a passion for cooking myself.

    If I was going to follow a recipe like this I too would want to know where the melted cheese is supposed to go.

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